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Melodic technical DM greatness - 85%

soundchaser, July 26th, 2007

Amoral was one of the most exciting modern death metal discoveries for me. I instantly fell in love with Wound Creations because of it's fresh sound and tunes.

It opens with a killer intro which rightly sets the mood for the rest of the album with a typical Amoral riff pounding from the very beginning. You'll immediately realise you are in for some great stuff. The album flows perfectly without any fillers. Everything sounds energetic and passionate. Tracks 1 to 8 basically keep your head banging, but there are also mellower parts here and there. The closing track is a little different from the rest of the album. It's a rather calm instrumental song, that has a melodic doom metal flavour to it, but it serves as a closure very well.

Vocals are all harsh. There is little variety in those growls, but in this case, that isn't a bad thing in my opinion. The vocal diversity is totally unnecessary here.
As for the instrumentation, the guitar sound is amazing! Very sharp and with the right amount of heaviness. Every heavy or melodic riff sounds absolutely solid. The bass is unaccented and almost inaudible, though there are a few jazzy tunes, but they are nothing out of the ordinary. For the most part, the bass is used solely to reinforce the rhythm. Drum work is also as good as guitars. Although, no fancy stuff, just solid death metal drumming.
The riffs range from great to highly ingenious. Some are melody aimed, others are on the technical side, and they blend perfectly to create a sound that feels like a breath of fresh air. Guitar solos aren't exactly memorable and quite short, but they fill in neatly.

There are no "weird" parts on this album, which is kind of a frequent thing in technical metal. The music flows smoothly without any moments that surprise you or the thought "what the hell?!" comes to mind. And there is no need for that in Wound Creations, it would just spoil everything.

If you want death metal like Cynic or Spawn Of Possesion, filled with odd time signatures, complex song structures and so on, look for something else, because this album (and Amoral's next release - Decrowning, as well) is more oriented on melodies than technicality. And don't expect anything like Cryptopsy or Gorguts also. Amoral have their own distinctive death metal sound. Though, at times some of the songs could seem pretty repetitive, because these guys like to play some riffs longer than usual, but hey, i see nothing bad in it if keeps you enjoying the music. For me, there isn't a boring moment on this album.

All in all, maybe Wound Creations could've used a little more variety, but it's still brilliant as it is. Definitly a record worth having in your metal collection.